No breach of CoWIN data, hacking reports appear fake: Govt
The Union Health Ministry said that the CoWIN website stores all the vaccination data in a safe and secure digital environment.
The Centre has dismissed reports which claimed that the CoWIN platform had been hacked.
In a statement, the Union Health Ministry said that prima facie, reports of hacking appeared to be fake and that the CoWIN website stores all the vaccination data in a safe and secure digital environment.
A hackers group called Dark Leak Market claimed on the Dark Web that it had a database of all those who have registered themselves on the CoWIN portal and that the information was up for grabs for 800 Dollars. This claim was first revealed by the criminal intelligence profiling platform DarkTracer through a tweet.
However, Empowered Group on Vaccine Administration (EGVAC) Chairman Dr RS Sharma clarified that CoWIN data is not shared with any entity outside the CoWIN environment.
The data that is being claimed as having been leaked -- such as the geo-location of beneficiaries -- is not even collected at CoWIN, Dr Sharma said in the statement.
The Computer Emergency Response Team of the Electronics and Information Technology Ministry is investigating the matter.